Christmas is easily the most expensive time of the year. Bills are higher, there is more going on, and, of course, you have the looming prospect of presents to buy. For families especially the cost of Christmas can make the outlook for the rest of the year pretty bleak. Christmas is not supposed to be a chore however, and you should look forward to, rather than dread, the occasion. Luckily there are a few ways you can drive down the cost of the festive season, without missing out on any of the fun. Follow these tips for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to boot.
Homemade Christmas Treats
One way to save money this Christmas is to hand-make gifts for your friends and family. You could try making fudge or some other sweet treats and putting them in a nice bag for decoration. You could also get the kids involved. Maybe get them to make frames for their school photos to give to your relatives, or make cards for their friends and close family instead of paying for packs of them. If you’re short of ideas there are many great Christmas craft books available, as well as forums and sites online with tonnes of suggestions. Start now so that your gifts are sure to be ready in time.
Sign Up For Google Alerts
Around this time of year there are many deals on all sorts of items including the toys and home-ware items that are very popular purchases in the run up to Christmas. Black Friday is the main discount day, and this was brought to the UK just a few years ago. To make sure you don’t miss a deal either on this day or any day, set up Google Alerts for your most desired items. Say you, your alert would then email you if there was a reduction in price on this on any site. Just make sure you set up the alert correctly.
Vouchers and Cashback Rewards
A fab way to save money all year round is to use money off vouchers. With more and more transactions taking place online, especially at this time of year, using vouchers couldn’t be easier. There are a few great sites online devoted to money saving, which you can search at anytime for voucher codes or discounts, so be sure to check before you buy anything at full price. If you need to shop on the high street, then you can print off coupons to use in store. Also try cashback sites to earn money on online purchases.
The hangover from the Christmas period shouldn’t last all year. Don’t get swept up in the madness and spend far more than you need to. Carefully consider every purchase and make sure you get the best deal possible, and you will have a fun and less stressful festive season.